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    Will be traveling to Petaluma CA and then need to go to Cupertino CA and wondering if anyone has a good way to get from the north bay to the south bay? Not sure if going through San Francisco is the best option with the RV. Thanks
    Pete & Pam
    2015 GMC 3500 SRW Duramax, Long Bed CC.
    2017 AF 27-5L, 10 CF Frig., 4 Point Leveling, 2 Fantastic Fans, 15K AC, Tank Heat Pads, 2 100 watt solar panels with 2000 watt inverter, 4 6VB-440 amp, B & W Companion Slider.

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    Do this and avoid it altogether.

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    2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali 4x4 Diesel
    2017 Arctic Fox 22G.

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    • #3
      I've made that trip several times but only once going directly through San Francisco. I found some pretty tight traffic lanes after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. My preference is to bypass SF completely and find my way just north of the Bay to Vallejo and then take 680 (or 580) south through the East Bay. Don't be in a hurry. I'll be making that trip next month! Some people might suggest making doing this between 11PM and 4AM, or so. But that's not for me.

      Bob
      Bob and Nancy
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      Proud former owners of a 2011 Arctic Fox 25R (2010-2013) and an Arctic Fox 22G from (2001-2010). Current happy owners of Northwood cross-town cousin.
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      2010 Dodge 3500 Laramie Crew Cab SWB, Cummins, 4X4, Snugtop, 1,200#/12,000# Equal-i-zer.
      Retired: "Twice the husband, half the money"

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      • #4
        There really is only two ways with a trailer. One follows 101 to 280 through SF, the other 101 to 580 to 880 into San Jose and Cupertino. We’ve done both several times, with my preference being 101 to 280, if you feel comfortable towing on busy streets. We have a 295T, slightly bigger than your 275L, and there isn’t an area where your trailer would be challenged. It’s just stop and go with lights. Once you clear San Francisco 280 is actually a wide smooth beautiful stretch of road. 880 on the other hand is a vehicle war zone most of the day, not to mention the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge being a bit narrow. You didn’t say where in Petaluma you are departing from but regardless recommend you depart Petaluma behind the commute, 0930-1030and unless there are issues it should not be a hard ride. Sigalert.com is a very good tool for dynamic traffic information.

        You will be going over the Golden Gate Bridge, and there is a toll in that direction. All Bay Area tolls are now collected electronically, here’s your web info page: https://www.goldengate.org/bridge/tolls-payment/

        The view on the GG Bridge is spectacular and if no fog, you’ll get a clear view of the once terrific city of San Francisco.

        Safe travels.
        2018 Arctic Fox 295T Fifth Wheel (Our 3rd AF)
        2006 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 Laramie 5.9 Cummins 3.73 Rear. New BD Trans 2018. Upgraded 2 piece BD manifold & BD exhaust brake 2019. Air Lift Air Springs. TPMS. Girshwin's Ella Fitzhound (12/8/2003-6/29/2020)

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        • #5
          When I drove for a moving company, I drove through SF many times in the truck. It’s slow going but doable. Be patient.
          Ramjet & The Louis
          Roger & Susan Engle
          Bo & Bailey; Labrador Retriever Terrorists
          2010 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.4L Diesel 4X4
          2018 Arctic Silver Fox 32A
          -120W Zamp Solar
          -2 Trojan T-105 6V Batteries
          -Progressive EMS-HW50C
          -TST 507 Internal TPMS
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          -Soft Start RV

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          • #6
            Thanks for the input, now we aren't going that far. Napa and do our things from there.
            Pete & Pam
            2015 GMC 3500 SRW Duramax, Long Bed CC.
            2017 AF 27-5L, 10 CF Frig., 4 Point Leveling, 2 Fantastic Fans, 15K AC, Tank Heat Pads, 2 100 watt solar panels with 2000 watt inverter, 4 6VB-440 amp, B & W Companion Slider.

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            • #7
              I'm with Hammster. Look at the time and mileage difference. I'm a California native and wouldn't go through SF period, much less with a trailer.
              2013 Arctic Fox 29-5T. 2016 F-350 6.7 PowerStroke Super Cab Lariat SRW Curt 20K

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